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defense secretary leon panetta. the obama administration homeland security -- rather national security adviser nominated to become the next central intelligence agency director, taking of the poster designed by general david patraeus after his affair with his biographer was disclosed. appointments follow the president's december 21st nomination of senator john kerry to replace hillary clinton as the secretary of state. the president is considering a new job for ambassador to the united nations susan rice. may become the next national security advisor if all the appointments are confirmed. we will have carried out an almost total revamping of his national security team. >> confident that judge will be an outstanding secretary of defense and brennan will be an outstanding director of the central intelligence agency. may understand that we are only successful because of the folks up and down the line in these respective institutions. the folks on the ground who are oftentimes putting their lives at risk for us. and oftentimes removed from washington and politics. lou: some members of the
of the national security legacy of the obama administration thus far. john brennan has thus far during the obama presidency been the most visible face of that policy. when the obama administration decided just this past year that for the first time they were going to admit to the fact that they do this, instead of just allowing it to be reported while they never confirmed it, it was john brennan they had give that speech. he is the man who has been the face of the u.s. government basically outfitting a second air force outside the u.s. military to kill people around the world without the chain of command and authority and political responsibility that we expect from the u.s. military. if there were any doubts about how president obama feels as part of his legacy, about whether president obama was going to be shy about that being a central part of his national security legacy as president, those doubts would presumably be laid to rest today when he nominated john brennan to be head of the cia, offering this big promotion to the man who more than anybody else in government stands for that drone po
shown a bond our guests. our first says it is unlikely the obama administration will push through a ban on assault weapons or a ban on large capacity ammunition magazines. the white house task force on gun violence as he said, failed to address the concerns of governors. joining us now, president of the national rifle association. good to have you with us. this has been a remarkable state in the presentation by joe biden to the present, the statements by the president himself and a press conference. hastily called saying that make taking guns away from people isn't about the second amendment your reaction. >> it is. it is about american freedom. this is a president who has spent his life as an opponent of second and minarets in this country. he promised before the election board that after the election you start to do something. he has this whole public-relations -- relation operation financed to a mere blumberg of new york that was ready to swing into action. what newtown gave him was an excuse to do what they wanted to do for some time, which is to launch a full breath attack on the s
of the obama administration, i thought again we face a perilous moment. this time it's the debt crisis we face. when our incumbent congressman announced his retirement i thought i could perhaps provide some of that leadership here in washington. i wanted come to washington and fight for the same freedoms here that i did in iraq and afghanistan. >> some of your first votes. you are being called what's part of the hell no caucus. my apologies for the language there but it wasn't mine. it's a cover story. do you accept that idea that that's the -- that's what your role is going to be in the republican conference? >> i don't think that'll be my role in the republican conference. but i think that the congress as a whole may need to say hell no to barack obama a little bit more. frankly i wish we might have had people here in 2009 and 2010 who were saying that as obama care was passed, as the stimulus was passed, as a dodd/frank financial regulatory bill was passed. >> you won a district that was held by a democrat. for a long period of time. it was, you know, as other districts in arkansas were goi
and then came to work at the obama administration a couple of weeks later where the president was decrying that kind of thing, saying that when companies come to america, especially to pay for their bailout, they shouldn't be having lavish bonuses. lou: thank you, shannon bream. turning back to the issue of gun control, our first guest says the president is sorely mistaken if he believes that he can amend the u.s. constitution by executive order. joining us is trey gowdy and it is great to have you with us, congressman. first, if we may, let's turn to the idea that this president, if necessary, will by executive order, constrain our rights. >> i can give you a long list of things to worry about. but this president and vice president shredding our second amendment because they think it is bleeding politically expedient is not going to be one of them. i find it shocking how little regard he seems to have for that document. he may not like the second amendment, he can take up with madison and jefferson and the fellows that framed it. but he is not going to run roughshod over the second amendm
here is where we are. the obama administration knows that it's got a difficult fight on its hands. this is why the latest gun reform task force has been so wide reaching. the white house is hoping to overwhelm the nra by building a massive coalition of groups committed to change. it's the same type of strategy the obama team used in two presidential campaigns that, well, worked pretty well. the nra has a lot of power, no doubt. but the combined strength of all of the groups meeting with vice president joe biden can overwhelm the nra this time. biden says that he will deliver recommendations to the president on tuesday. the time for change is right now. it is a moment in history we cannot let spin to outer space and be gone forever. if they can't do it now, when can they do it? get your cell phones out. i want to know what you're thinking. tonight's question, will the obama administration get gun legislation passed? text a for yes and b for no. you can always go to our blog at we encourage you to do that. we'll bring the results later on in the show. joining me tonigh
this says the second term of the obama administration when it comes to dealing with iran will look very much like the first. the difference is iranians have that much more enriched-uranium and they're that much closer to acquiring a nuclear weapon. this is critical choice other allies around the world will be looking at. jon: we didn't even get to john brennan but we'll leave it there. bret stevens from the "wall street journal". >> good to be here. jon: thank you. jenna: turning to the growing debate over gun control in the wake of the connecticut school shooting. the white house now reportedly considering a slew of new measures including reinstituting a assault weapons ban, background checks and a database that could track gun sales nationwide as lawmakers from both sides of the issue dig in on both sides. >> we need a comprehensive approach and look at all the different elements. because a particular effort won't prevent something in one particular incident doesn't mean you might not do anything to help in other incidents. >> you remember, bad guys aren't stupid. they are just bad. if the
's called no girls allowed, and why the obama administration needs hormone therapy. rosa brooks is a national security law professor at georgetown. she spent two years working for michelle flournoy at the pentagon. great to see you. thanks for your time. >> glad to be here, rachel. >> in terms of the raw numbers, the obama administration is roughly equivalent to the clinton administration in terms of female appointees. it is doing better than the bush administration. but you feel like they're worthy of some criticism on this subject? >> oh, i hold president obama to a pretty high standard. i would like to think after the eight years of the bush administration, we could do a little better than the clinton administration, not just go back to the clinton administration. although i have to say, if i were valerie jarrett and i were about to go off the fiscal cliff, i would hide behind jay carney too. >> on the issue of michelle flournoy, you're not totally objecting on this. she is highly regarded in washington, not just by you, but by pretty much everybody in the defense establishme
there is a potential right now. yeah. and the obama administration should have seen this coming. they could have somehow and still can send out signals of what they intend to do with these higher decisions and the departure of nancy ann diparlo means there have got to be more women in the pipeline that the obama administration will appoint. i don't see how they can't be doing it because women were the backbone of the obama support for reelection. >> if we look at modern times and what past precedences have done, we look at president george w. bush increasing the number of women in his cabinet for 19% of his first term and the 24% in his second. president bill clinton saw the percentage of women rise from 27 to 44%. do you think that this could be the first time that we don't see the needle moving forward for a second term administration if president obama doesn't make some really sharp moves now to correct the diversity problem? >> think the pressure will be on for him to make sure that we don't see white men across the board the way we've seen in these early appointments. this is the piece of t
, is in the heart of the obama administration, and he represents barack obama better than basically anybody. not only did they correct when he was white house chief of staff and budget director, but their values are aligned, and so this would be going right at the president who, as jeff sessions knows, deserves to have his own people in the cabinet. this whole presunmps that you object to somebody that's a brilliant nominee just because you don't like his politics, that's not the american way. >> welcome to the republican party of 2013. jonathan alter and jared bernstein, i wish we had more time. thank you. >>> coming up, a memo to mitt romney. the car guy. >> i drive a mustang and a chevy pickup truck. ann drives a couple of cadillacs actually. with the spark cash card from capital one, olaf gets great rewards for his small business! pizza! [ garth ] olaf's small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase, every day! helium delivery. jonathan alter and jared [ pop! ] [ garth ] why settle for less? great businesses deserve great rewards! awesome!!! [ male announcer ] the spark business c
. let's get you up-to-date with our top stories. >> obama administration and nra are one day away from a gun control showdown. >>> rush limbaugh is speaking out against what he calls a liberal attempt to normalize pedophilia. the conservative radio host says it could be the next step for those who support gay marriage. >> there is a movement on to normalize pedophilia and i guarantee you your reaction to that is probably much the same when you first heard about gay marriage. what has happened to gay marriage? it's become normal and in fact with certain people in certain demographics, it's the most important issue in terms of who they vote for. >> limbaugh cited a column that quotes academic researchers who claim pedophilia is a distinct sexual orientation. and limbaugh says the media went easy on the elmo puppeteer who lost his job after several men came forward saying they had sexual relationships with clash when they were teens. >>> big changes to facebook. the social media giant debuting new apps and revamped the mobile facebook site. the news feed now provides the same sorting opti
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as the obama administration consummate wraps up. >> people are just scared. that they could not buy them. they thought about getting them now they decided is the time. >> background checks were 2.7 billion and 19 million during 2012. the united -- white house wants to eliminate background checks and restrict high-capacity magazines. >> i agree with the large capacity magazines. >> over the last 20 days the nra says one of a dozen people joined out of fear of new debt restrictions. they suspect of four-point to million membership will balloon up to 5 million. and they have declared dead national debt appreciation day for people to rally with signs that say hands off my guns. guns rates groups active donating over $20 million to causes. gun-control -- contributed less than any time in 20 years. $4,000 total. the white house tries to level the playing field by tapping richest -- religious leaders, community leaders and teachers for a town hall rally like the campaign. mayor bloomberg reports 500 on negative board in thousand members since the attack on connecticut including another whose da
their funds. the obama administration has often stepped in, either directly funding the organization itself or threatening to withhold federal funding from the states unless they reverse their decisions. >> every time we defund on the state level the president steps in and says over my dead body. >> shannon: joining us to talk about this, congress woman marsha blackburn. she has reintroduced a bill that would block federal funding to planned parenthood under title nine. thank you for joining us today. >> good to be with you. >> shannon: excuse me, title 10. what is title 10. >> part of the 1970 act done through hhs and what they do is direct funding for women's health services. what has happened through the years is planned parenthood has moved to abortion services and, indeed, this past year, shannon, they got $542 million from the federal government. that is taxpayer dollars. they did 335,000 abortions and that is one abortion every 94 seconds. and we are just saying look, you know, you you do not need to be using this money, money is fungible and we need to cut federal funds going to pla
. >> thank you. >> a new report finds the obama administration spent almost $18 billion on immigration enforcement last year. that's more than it's spending on all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. a nonpartisan research group, the migration policy institute says immigration has become the government's highest law enforcement priority. it found spending last year was 15 times greater than in 1986. >>> chris christie's approval rating surged but he's getting criticized by the senate leader who say he may have prayed for superstorm sandy to give him cover for failed economic policies. he immediately apologized for the community. >>> today we're remembering richard ben cramer, he wrote one of the greatest political books ever, what it takes, the way to the white house, about the '88 km campaign. he died yesterday from lung cancer. >>> leon panetta had a little fun for the luncheon announcement for the successor. >> the time has to for me to return to my wife and three sons and their families and six grandchildren and my walnut farm. dealing with a different set of nuts. >>
of obama care is administrative. it is just the grinding details of administrative government. >> building it essentially. >> but the other thing is the republicans are going to twri to attack medicaid, chris, and medicare, but medicaid in particular. if they drain and slash funding for medicaid in the regular budget negotiations that chuck is talking about, that will make implementing obama care that much harder because a lot of the money to expand coverage for the uninsured comes from medicaid. >> okay. i think immigration is my biggie for this year. >> that's the legacy thing for him. >> that's easy to do. >> i think so, too. i have never understood why it's so hard to do immigration. >> but it is now easy to do. now it's easy. that's right. now it's easier. look, deals don't get done in washington unless there is political benefit for both sides. >> right. >> and on immigration republicans know they have to get it done. it will get done. that's the easiest thing on the president's agenda. >> let them put the teeth in it, get the issue off their back where they want it off their back so
of got secret information from the obama administration when she was, you know, beginning the directorial process for the film. and there's these really intense torture scenes. there's sleep deprivation, waterboarding, some things that people, average viewers just might not be able to tolerate and consume and digest that well. so there's just a big controversy, a big buzz around it. and she was, you know, supposedly -- supposed to be nominated for best director for nim but was -- >> right. was she snubbed because of this? let's think about the kind of films she does. she did "hurt locker." thumbs up on that. she was hugely acclaimed for that. she does have a golden globe nomination, right? >> yes. >> is that the problem here? politics at play? >> people vague it's politics at play. this film did get a lot of buzz critically. it's number one right now. but because of the controversy a lot of the older academy voters kind of shy away from films that kind of have this kind of controversy around them. people are saying she's snubbed for that very reason. >> do you think part of the controvers
during the bush administration and, frankly, with the drone wars of the obama years. >>> and then politics loses one of its best biographers, well, ever. saying good-bye to richard ben kramer, a man who knew what it takes better than anybody. >>> good morning from washington. it's tuesday, january 8th, 2013. this is "daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. my first reads of the morning. chuck hagel's nomination has set up a tough, new political fight for the white house. a fight president obama signaled he's ready to have over the plain spoken vietnam veteran. >> willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular. even if it defied the conventional wisdom. that's exactly the spirit i want on my national security team. >> under fire for his past statements about israel and iran. hagel is now speaking out. told his hometown newspaper "lincoln journal star." the distersions about my record have been astounding. once voicing opposition to unilateral sanctions on iran, hagel says while he was "hanging out there in no man's land unable to respond to charges, falsehoods and i
into the administration, which has been the case by the way, not just in the obama administration but in the bush administration and clinton administration. for example, i -- jack lew came before the budget committee a couple of years ago, and i'm a member. i said, mr. lew, give me your understanding of the role that wall street played in terms of deregulation and deregulation of wall street that helped cause this terrible recession? he didn't think so. most economists do think so. all of those issues concern me. jack lew is a decent guy and smart guy and knows the budget. i want people in the administration prepared to stand up for struggling working families and are prepared to deal with wall street, not simply come from wall street. >> sir, you're on record about jack lew. i want to get you on record about the breaking news that jay rockefeller announcing he's not going to seek another term come 2014. he's been a five-term senator from west virginia. what does this mean to the balance of power in the senate? >> well, i'm not an expert on the politics of west virginia. jay rockefeller has been
obama administration was also not an administration saying let's go find some place to bomb. neither, for that matter, was president bush's eight years. we fought the wars that we felt were necessary. president bush worked hard to try to solve other problems through diplomatic means. and so i think it's a little too stark to make this kind of characterization. i, as you well know, always believed that we should try to avoid war. we should be willing to talk to friends and willing to talk to enemies. and try to find a solution that's peaceful. but when do you find it is necessary to use military force, use it with a clear political objective in mind and use it for a decisive result. that's the kind of attitude that chuck hagel will bring to the equation. we will be careful. he will give the president his best advice on the use or non-use of military force, how to solve the problem diplomatically. i'm sure he will be a great companion with mr. kerry in that regard. it's a good team. i think it's a very, very good team. now, a lot of my friends in the community who are of a more rightis
that the obama administration might stop the easy sale of the scariest guns to the scariest people has aroused the slippery slope crowd. these cousins of the grassy knoll folks believe that any limit on the wide open market for guns and ammo threatens their own hardware. any reasonable action by the american people to stop the carrage is to these paranoids the first unfaltering step to mass confiscation of everything from shoth guns to daisy rifles. well, tonight we let you hear from the craziest of the crazies. my question, are the regular gun owners of this country, the people who go out and hunt in hunting season, the people who shoot skeet or simply like to pack their own bullets, regular gun enthusiasts, are they going to listen to these nut cases or joe biden when he offers proposals next week on background checks and high capacity magazines? who are the people that are going to decide this issue? i mean the gun owners going to go with, the wild bunch or the town posse? david corn is you what bureau chief for "mother jones." joy reid is managing editor of the grio. most are msnbc analyst
things the obama administration could do on the mental health front and on enforcing existing laws when it comes to tracking guns through the computer system that was set up. we have to come together. i think it is one of those enough is enough moments. it's one of those pivotal moments. i believe it is happening. but i do want to say to the viewers, it's really up to you, because it's going to take courage for certain colleagues to step up to the plate. and we have to make sure people know that if they do the right thing, it will be noticed, and it will be rewarded by support. >> senator boxer, thank you for your leadership on this. i appreciate your time. >> thanks. >> on "the ed show." thank you so much. share your thoughts with us on twitter and facebook. we always want to know what you think. >>> coming up, gun clubs claim they're training hundreds of teachers to carry guns in schools. but are they telling the truth? we've got the facts about firearms and safety of students, next. [ male announcer ] house rule number 14. a great cup of coffee should be easy as one, two... well, jus
. connell: his background, the clinton administration, he came there with the same job with the obama administration. he used to be more "reasonable." he is a much tougher negotiator. >> i suspect no matter who the president is that someone has to think of some reason to raise criticism. dagen: you do not believe it will be easy? >> unlike my good friends, you know, it reaches a point that you can say a whole lot of things in the back room, but you are embarrassed to bring those things up forward. the president is entitled, republican or democrat, to select his democrat. you should have pretty darn good reason rather than i think he has changed. i think you will get through the senate. connell: congressman wrangle, it is always great to see you. dagen: charlie rangel. connell: there are people making money on this flu outbreak. dagen: cheryl and dennis ahead with the sick stock pick. really? how you could make some money. ♪ [ male announcer ] where do you turn for legal matters? maybe you want to incorporate a business. orrotect your family with a will or living trust. and you'd lik
obama starting the process of filling jobs for his second administration. he's going to be nominating former republican senator chuck hagel for defense secretary coming this afternoon at an event in washington. he's also going to be topping john brennan as the next cia director. also in the news this morning, flowers, foods and mexico's groupo bimbo are among those vying for hostess brands. that's according to reuters. i said bimbo. is it bimbo? it's not bimbo. anyway, those brands, including wonder bread, baker's pride and butternut. the bankrupt company liquidating and the bread brands could bring in more than $350 million. of course we all want twinkies so that could be a good thing. finally a key hurdle has been cleared as american airlines and us airways finally explore a emergencier. us airways pilots have backed a proposal by american's pilots union. and those details about the two groups would be combined in the event a deal was struck, a bankrupt american is expected to consider the merger proposal at a board meeting this week. so we might have a deal finally. or at least we'
that obama administration is putting emphasis on it. he doesn't think he is tag their concerns seriously. >> we wish instead of talking about guns specifically that they question that they would address what can we do to prevent these kinds of things in the future. the evidence shows that an assault weapons ban are not going to do that. what will do it is doing something about a broken mental health system that allows people that potentially violent to be the streets. >> reporter: furthermore, the nra is making it clear they don't think there are enough members of congress that favor an assault weapons ban to pass one. >> gregg: it's quite the face-off. is the nra's position cautioning the gun control advocates to back down at all? >> no, some are wondering out loud how much clout they have in 2013. >> the nra spent a lot of money on the elections last cycle. they didn't have a lot to show for it especially if you look at results. a lot of their candidates lost. we are looking at return on their investment they had a low return on investment. they are very strong lobby. think the issue i
've seen in the first term. in fact, many would say that the obama administration's foreign policy have been one of its most successful areas. he was long fit for this post, kerry, that is. >> you have set this up on raising the debt ceiling, wider agreement over getting any kind of grand bargain. where do we now go? he has his new team. >> not yet. they need to be confirmed. >> they need to be confirmed, obviously, but as we head towards a debt ceiling which has to be raised by the middle of february, effectively. >> there are quite a few new seens to do with the budget, continuing resolutions, sequestration only postponed. all of this is exactly what we expected at year-end. so the fiscal cliff was so 2012, 2013 is all about the budget. more or less, you've got the same actors in place making the decisions in congress and in the white house. jack lew is himself a washington insider. he's well known to congress and he's there to shepherd the process along. he's not got the wall street experience that a lot of people on the street might be hoping for. but he really knows how to move the
background checks. >>> and the debt ceiling debate is heating up, as well, with the obama administration insisting it won't negotiate with republicans on raising the ceiling. the white house says congress can either pay its bills or it can put the nation into default. reports suggest the government can run out of action to pay those bills as early as mid february. >>> and the creators of south park are setting up their own production studio. they've secured $2 million to set up a company called important stud wrote. the new studio will incorporate revenue from south park and the hit broadway play "the book of mormons." >>> and the ftse 100 closed up with a fresh 4 1/2 low on friday. we had a pupil by another market. but today, the xetra dax, cac 40 and the ibex, as well. shaking off that production data. take a look at what's on today's agenda in the u.s. fed chief ben bernanke will be speaking at the university of michigan later on. he'll discuss monetary policy, recovery from the financial crisis and is long-term challenges facing the u.s. economy. bernanke's xhnts will set the tone fo
's legacy will loom large over the obama administration and the american economy for years to come. starting with his role as head of the new york federal reserve, he was pivotal is the rescue regime and the ugly glory. he's been a lightning rod for criticism and apparent unwillingness to hold wall street accountable for the financial crash. those choices have reprecushions to day for the millions of workers and borrowers. he rescued the giant aig was is appreciate fwhad company that aig is airing commercials thanking american people for their generous assistance. >> we're a leading global company in america. >> we paid every dollar america lent to us. >> everything plus a profit of more than $22 billion. >> for the american people. >> thank you, america. >> not everyone at aig, however, is to grateful. the company's former chairman hank greenberg is suing the federal government for making the terms of the bailout too restrictive. aig considered joining a lawsuit this week before declining. the suit and aig's resurgence after the rescue engineered by geithner are a reminder that we're all li
the hour right now. in the u.s. backing france's fight against terror in africa. the obama administration moved toward approving limited support for france's military campaign to fight terrorists in mali in on sunday preparing surveillance drones and other air intelligence equipment for possible deployment, but not troops. the president also announced the u.s. lent limited technical support to rescue an intelligent agent held hostage by an al qaeda linked group in somalia. that attempt was unsuccessful. >>> a dress rehearsal in washington as preparations for next week's presidential inauguration kick into high gear. stand-ins for president obama and vice president joe biden watch the presidential escort from the capital's east steps, including the u.s. army ban, the old guard drum core and honor guard members from each branch of the military in exactly one week hole dad -- we will be live on the national mall. i'm the one in the middle. our coverage begins at 5:00 a.m. eastern. >>> new this morning, big royal baby news. the duke and duchess of cambridge, their baby is due in july. that's
're a woman that works in the obama administration and you want to go to the highest rungs of that administration. it's not funny. and you can attack me and be personal and make personal attacks -- >> i'm not. >> -- against me. you've got a president that you worship on this show every day. you savaged mitt romney. he has a picture -- >> out of touch? >> -- that if a republican president had that cabinet in "the new york times" would be savaged, and you're calling the wrong guy a chauvinist. and seriously -- hold on -- you want to call me a chauvinist? >> stop. let me help you. >> no, let me help you. >> okay. >> you really, knowing me and seeing me work around here for five years, you want to call me a chauvinist on television? >> no. i'm saying that thing with katty was chauvinistic. >> you want to say that on television, that i'm a chauvinist? >> i didn't. >> you did. >> i said the way you're acting is chauvinistic, especially the way you were handling this conversation. it's not funny. >> if that's what you're going to do because your president that you worship on this
. but not to the top of the administration and no pathway in barack obama's cabinet. >> are you kidding me? >> you've got to be a little troubled. >> you've got to be a little troubled. come on, mika. that's a good sporting tribe, but you're not going to get into the hall of fame for spinners for that one. >> i'm not spinning. i'm not spinning. >> so you're saying that he's making -- putting policies forward is that help women all across america but at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. >> there are women working at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. >> we know there are. >> we're talking about a couple of cabinet positions that are being filled. and why don't you name the -- and it's not just gender, but its exact moment in one's career and timing and, for example, our international situation. you tell me if john kerry's right for the job. is he right for the job? >> yes. >> is chuck hagel right for the job? >> sure. >> should we discriminate against them? because they are right for the job. >> so you're suggesting that there are no women as qualified as men for these positions. >> i think the moment has to be rig
's not going to be setting administration policy. administration foreign policy is being set in the white house basicall basically, with consultation with the cabinet members obviously. president obama is going to be setting policy. what chuck hagel is going to be doing is cutting the budget in the filigree and pentagon and t extent, i think, managing this o sort of shift in focus president obama has talked about toward the asia pacific region where trouble is a-brewing and we better pay attention to it. i think those two tasks are what chuck hagel is going to be asked to do. those are the questions and answers i will be paying particular attention to. >> joining me is chief white house correspondent and political director and host of "t "the daily rundown," chuck todd. you heard dan senor, who vehemently has pretty strong opinions about chuck hagel. i don't know about this opposition. it seems very singular and extreme. i haven't read or played john cornyn in a while. it seems like we have to go back to the same old well to find the opposition. am i wrong or is there growing opposition? >> i t
house that will agree with everything that the obama administration wants, then we'll do that and we'll electric more democratic senators, the democrats can control the house, the senate and the white house and we'll give the president a rubber stamp on everything and washington will be totally fixed and we'll live in this great, great european country. so maybe it will go that way. but if it doesn't go that way and it's not washington, it's the people that send these representatives to washington who disagree with -- there's a 50/50 people split in this country of people who love entitlements because they're people on the receiving end and there's people on the other side who is funding everything. i don't know. i don't know whether it's a broken washington or we're just at a crossroads in the way the republic is governed and we have to make a decision as a country which way we head. >> right. that's definitely a lot of the ltage. there's still a lot of assets on the other side of the balance sheet of all those liabilities. you have to focus on growth. growth should be the -- you kn
, of the obama administration has been they don't really care about people with private -- >> you have a long way to go. >> i happen to think jack lew is qualified. look, he's been omb director twice. >> we haven't had a budget in three years. >> he's been chief of staff. he's extraordinarily familiar, we all know, with congress. if you think about the issues immediately ahead which are largely fiscal, he couldn't be better prepared. he has the confidence of the president. he's going to be smoothly confirmed. those are critical criteria. for example, you can't afford in this environment, both globally as well as relative to congress and fiscal cliff, too, you can't afford to nominate someone whose nomination is going to be hung up on the hill. you can't do that. >> former senator judd gregg i heard him this morning saying, look, whether you agree with him or not this is a man who's qualified and he will pass. >> and he's respected on both sides of the aisle. >> and he worked for tip o'neill when tip o'neill was negotiating with ronald reagan and that's an important point. >> he was 20 years old.
" this morning. that notes that obama's new administration looks to be basically all male. there is a concern that women are underrepresented. how would you respond to that criticism? >> well, i would agree with that somewhat. we saw valerie on the front page. within the white house. she's the only senior woman. i have a lot of respect for her. but it would be nice to see more diversity, both in the cabinet and in the white house. so i hope this is something that they've focused on going forward. with that said, you know, you need to look at qualifications, too, and people that the president has confidence in. but i would like to see more women. perhaps in the white house, internally in the white house. >> sheila, are you joining us on a week where major banks are putting even more legacy problems behind them to some degree? varying degrees. we've seen what the stocks have done in the past year. we've seen them leading things like the dow. are you surprised or impressed by their progress? >> well, i'm relieved. i still think there are a lot of challenges ahead. the mega banks stocks continue
's the oldest of the justices. she's been serving since the clinton administration. and so if you want to call it that, she is the most likely one to retire during the president obama's second presidency. >> i'm sure you're familiar with the op-ed in "the new republic." in it they argued that justice ginsburg and breyer should preemptively retire so that obama is replace them with like minded liberals. what do you think about that process? >> well, that will be very unfortunate. if you look at how politicalization is working for the rest of government with congress getting, as you said, 14% approval rating and profoundly unproductive in the last session, that's not what the american people or the justices want from the court. that's not how they understand its role as you noted it's got a really important role in protecting and vindicating civil rights in this country. i think that's what people want to see it doing. >> when posed this question whether this is politicizing the court, they say no it is a plea for realism which is difficult for people to muster in the face of the eye doll tritha
in the clinton administration. very experienced washington hand. but the lead candidate, i'm told is dennis mcdona. long time obama aid. he would fit the practice, the pattern that president established of picking people close to him for key jobs. like jack lew, he is a no-drama figure. somebody whose ego is not out front. he gets along with others. >> at one time he broke with that pattern i suspect when he went with bill daly, not a chicagoan but not part of that inner circle here. >> just thei issue of independence. if jack lew were able to deliver fiscal sanity. if you ask guys in the market, what is one thing they want from the market, first order they want to away from the brinksmanship toward the level of sanity. corporate tax reform. and i guess i want to throw out to the group here, does the appointment of jack lew make more likely less likely or have no impact at all on the possibility that we get a little fiscal sanity from washington? because to my measure, that's the real thing that matters to the market. >> i think it is. >> i would say not much impact to the extent there is any.
for president obama as he was pushing this forth in his new team. early january he might put this out in the first week of his new administration. is the iron so hot at this moment that he really does have to strike here and now? >> because there are republicans worried about the future of their party if they don't do something, because it surprised me frankly after this election you didn't hear what you've heard after a few republican losses that there wasn't anything wrong with the party per se. neath needed to message it better. on immigration it was just the voices calling for the -- calling for the preliminary opposition to any reform, much quieter than they have. we don't know if we're going to hear them bring it up again when the house comes back. a lot of people in the tea party movement, very influential in the base, very influential because the base agrees with them, weren't really loud on immigration, but back when we talked about 2007, people like steve king were at the forefront of stopping this, and we're going to start hearing from them again. we'll see if there's enoug
has always been very important to this administration, very important to this president. there was never any question that obama wouldn't want him at his side for a second term. and i think it's great for joe biden that people are finally seeing that and he's not just sort of the brunt of late-night jokes. now, he will be the brunt of a few more late-night jokes because he's going to say something, i'm sure, tomorrow or the next day that makes everyone cringe, but he's so smart and he's so talented. he's joe biden. >> -- obama that the ceo, the mark of a great ceo or the top three or four appointees, hillary clinton, joe biden, that's what a great ceo does. it's the people around them. >> david? >> mika, i was just going to make this historical point which is kind of ironic. it was joe biden back in 1994 who told democrats who were trying to get an assault weapons amendment into his crime bill -- >> right. >> -- that they shouldn't do that. that they were going to tank his crime bill, and they were doing all of these good things. and ultimately dianne feinstein and other
. >> is it possible there won't be a single u.s. troop on afghan soil by the end of next year? the administration considering leaving behind 15,000 troops, but now the president is open to ays scenario that involves a tol pullout. afghan president hamm i had karzai and president obama meet friday in washington. >>> history made this year at the presidential inauguration. richard blanco will serve as the inauguration poet. he is the youngest and first latino. beyonce, kelly clarkson and james taylor will be musical guests. tune in to cnn for special coverage. live on the mall starting at 5:00 a.m. that day. january 22nd may be the day that hillary clinton testifies on the deadly attack in benghazi. she returned to work after being sidelined for weeks by illness. she is open to testify before she leaves her post. >>> hugo chavez' inauguration was scheduled to happen tomorrow, but treatment for cancer and a severe lung infection will keep him in cuba. does the constitutional lou the inauguration to be delayed? who is president in the meantime? an opposition leader is asking the high court if an inau
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